The real problem is compression artifacts, not resolution, so a mode with less compression would be great (even if only for the microSD).
Often a somewhat distant face is too smudged for identification.
When viewing a regular pattern like boards in a deck, some of the lines are clear and others at the same distance are blurred; where the blurring appears changes every couple seconds (I think as the codec sends a full “I frame”).
Well yes. But aside from that, we’re talking about changing a variable somewhere in the code to compress the photo less.
We’ve seen openip.cam’s firmware enable better quality. That leads me to believe that the existing hardware is capable of doing it.
While I appreciate the fear that a $20 camera could end up being upwards of 23, I think there’s reasonable trade offs for a better product, even if it drives the cost up. Wyze has said, many times, that their business model is to have everyone use their app and that the app is the future. I’d be happy to pay .99 for an in app purchase to enable “High Quality Photo” mode. With an optional in app purchase, they needed charge people who don’t want a feature.
“HD” or “1080p” doesn’t mean ANYTHING when compression artifacts macroblock it to the point where (quite literally) I can’t tell the difference between “HD” and “360p”. I can’t even see how you can call this an HD camera.
I get it - it’s pretty hard to live/realtime stream constantly at low-compression HD bitrates - but you could at LEAST do stuff like:
When you press the “Take Picture” button - snap a good, decent, high-quality image - and save THAT.
When you’re storing short videos to the web - use a lower compression/higher-quality for these clips.
Offer a user option for streaming quality/bitrate??